David Kurushima is the Retail Manager for the Community Cycling Center, a nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon that aims to broaden access to bicycles for everyone, working to remove barriers that might keep someone off their ideal bicycle. To that end, how do they design the bike shop experience for the best results? David tells us about what he considers in this effort as he guides their staff and shop layout!
Ashley & Daniel have been on the show before, and that’s when we learned they were planning a bike tour to Cuba. Now that they’ve gone there and returned, we ask all the crucial questions about base camp in Havana, headwinds, pollution & climbing, buying internet, camping in the humid air, and what you do when you run out of money. Read the ORbike article here!
Also: Brock took a weekend bike trip to camp in a yurt, and Ross went to the 2017 Chariot Wars.
Matt Brown is an old friend of Brock’s, and in addition to his impressive career in the coffee industry, he’s just pioneered a new concept in convenience stores: Mini Mini, offering a simple yet satisfying solution to your immediate needs for food and beverage on your way to the next thing. We chat about that, and cover stolen band equipment and coffee on the way! And listen carefully at the 1:13:10 mark for a special offer for listeners…
Steve Banfield is the man leading ReachNow out of the planning room and into the future to provide a new take on point-to-point car rentals, and it turns out it’s an approach that is not only smart, but also promises to be classy, easy, spacious, benevolent, and perhaps even someday autonomous! We chat about the fleet of BMW and Mini vehicles that will be rolling out in Portland this week, how they can help meet the transport needs of low-car lifestyles, and what it’s like to take your mom to the top of the Space Needle. “Free-floating car share” for the win!
From PBJ Matt: I’m very impressed with Will’s rain barrel system. I myself have two 50 gallon containers (much like the one he is giving away), and while I usually have enough to water my garden and small trees & plants through the dryer stretches, have found with the lack of rain recently that I am running close to empty. May have to consider an upgrade, as well!
From Johnny K: In Florida we have to be careful with rain barrels due to the mosquito’s.
Adam Newman is the editor of Bicycle Times magazine, a succinct and informative publication that offers the latest news and buzz in simpler mobility, particularly in areas of interest to people that prefer a lifestyle approach to their favorite mode of transport. We ask him what it’s like to report on a personal interest, and what he likes to do on bikes!
Brock decided not to buy a truck & Aaron probably has a house!
Jude Gerace is the proprietor of Sugar Wheel Works; we chat about what keeps us rolling, but first talk about bicycle storytelling event Live the Revolution, which she helped to start, and then cover wheel building and what she uses hers for.
Also: Aaron is still looking for a house, and Brock went to Eugene for the weekend.
Renee works to make sure there is transit access to popular outdoors destinations in the Columbia River Gorge by helping to manage outreach and marketing for the West End Transit (WET) Bus in Washington State’s Skamania County! Get to the trailhead without a car with the help of Friends of the Columbia Gorge!
Joe Biel has been running Microcosm Publishing, an independent book and ‘zine publishing organization, for twenty years in many locations and iterations, starting with a milk crate he took to music venues that hosted punk shows. Now he has released his memoir, Good Trouble, about his experience building that history and how it was influenced by his adult diagnosis with Asperger’s Syndrome. We’re glad he’s kept at it, and joined him at his house to chat about his perspective on the world through the lens of simpler living!